Packers 2022 offseason position review: Quarterbacks
The Green Bay Packers‘ offseason arrived earlier than expected, but here we are.
The next couple of months will be huge for the future of this franchise. As the Packers enter an offseason filled with tough decisions, we will break down each position group on the roster.
It starts, of course, with the quarterbacks. The short-term future of the Packers’ QB room will perhaps be the biggest offseason storyline in the entire NFL.
2021 season review
Despite all of the offseason drama last summer, Aaron Rodgers did in fact return to the team in time for training camp. After an awful season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints, Rodgers quickly rediscovered his MVP form.
Rodgers finished the regular season with 4,115 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. Astonishingly, two of Rodgers’ four picks came in that crushing Week 1 loss. In the remaining 15 games he played, he only threw two interceptions.
As a result, Rodgers looks set to win his second straight MVP award and the fourth of his career.
Backup Jordan Love got some valuable playing time in the regular season, but he struggled to make the most of his opportunities.
Love’s only start came in Week 9 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. He went 19/34 for 190 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Love didn’t get much help from the offensive line, but it was still a tough first start for the former first-round pick.
What’s next in 2022?
What’s next? Your guess is as good as mine.
It starts with Rodgers’ decision on his future. Will he commit to playing in 2022 or walk away? That’s only half of the question. If he does indeed commit to playing, will it be in Green Bay or will he request a trade?
Rodgers spoke about his future on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ earlier this week, making it clear he’ll have a decision relatively soon, before free agency.
If Rodgers returns, the Packers will need some salary-cap magic from Russ Ball to maintain a competitive roster, but it’s possible. If the MVP walks away or is traded, it’s likely we see Love take over for 2022, at least.
Would that mean Green Bay doesn’t draft a QB this year? We shouldn’t rule it out. Has Love shown enough in his limited regular-season action, and at practice, for the Packers to have full confidence in him?
I guess we’ll find out soon enough.